July 14, 2006
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WADA and UNESCO Leaders Urge Governments to Ratify the International Convention against Doping in Sport

UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura and WADA Vice Chairman Brian Mikkelsen and Director General David Howman sent letters to governments urging them to take steps to ratify the International Convention against Doping in Sport.

The Convention, unanimously adopted in Paris on 19 October 2005 at the 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference, requires that 30 governments submit their instruments of ratification to UNESCO for it to officially come into force.

Currently, 14 countries have submitted their instruments of ratification: Nigeria, Seychelles, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Monaco, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, Cook Islands, Nauru, and New Zealand.

The cornerstone for the global fight against doping in sport is the World Anti-Doping Code (Code). The Code was approved in Copenhagen in March 2003, and has been accepted and implemented by the Sports Movement. The Convention provides the mechanisms for governments to accept the Code.

To consult the UNESCO and WADA letters, click here.

For more information about the UNESCO Convention, click here.

For more information about the Code, click here.